IMA Belltower Call Out Recipients Announced News

IMA Belltower Call Out Recipients Announced

22 August 2019

After an open call for applications across Queensland, two artists have been selected to exhibit as part of the IMA Belltower program.

Courtney Coombs will present an exhibition in the gallery space, while Daniel McKewen will present a temporary public artwork, to be projected on the façade of the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

Both projects will be on display 9 November 2019–8 February 2020.

IMA Belltower Curator Freja Carmichael and a selection team reviewed the large pool of applicants working across diverse mediums. The selected artists put forward exciting proposals that reflected the impact this opportunity would have on their practices.

About Courtney Coombs:
Courtney Coombs is an artist, writer and facilitator. Adopting an array of materials and approaches, they present subjective, vulnerable, and earnest moments. By responding to the cis-heteronormative, patriarchal, and neoliberal structures of both the art world and society more broadly with gestures and propositions, they hope to disrupt dominant narratives, prompting conversation, reflection, and a celebration of difference.

Coombs was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from QUT in 2015 and has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sometimes it’s the little things, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane (upcoming); Drifting, Casa Lu, Mexico City (2018); Building Bridges, Wreckers Artspace, Brisbane (2018); Looking Out, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2016); Urban Strolling, Cut Thumb ARI, Brisbane (2016); It’s Complicated, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane (2014); In Pursuit of Magic, Bus Projects, Melbourne (2014); Wish you were here, Rojitohito, Tokyo (2012); The sum of all things?, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (2012); and I fucking love you, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2011).

About Daniel McKewen:
Daniel McKewen‘s practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, popular culture, economics, politics, and screen-based mass media. Working across a range of media including video installation, McKewen examines the formal and symbolic conventions of these institutionalised structures, exploring our individual and shared interactions with them.

In 2013 McKewen was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from QUT, where is he currently a lecturer in Media Arts. His artwork is held in private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2006, including in NEW14 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and the 19th Biennale of Sydney. McKewen is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

IMA Belltower at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and this exhibition and artwork projection opportunity is generously supported by The Cove, Newstead.

Courtney Coombs, 'Sunset (with Nancy)', 2018, digital image.

Related Exhibition

Courtney Coombs

Field of Vision

09 Nov–08 Feb 2020

Daniel McKewen

Promissory Estoppel

09 Nov–08 Feb 2020

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.